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Oils or fats used in your country?

Commented on March 03, 2014
Created March 02, 2014 at 4:31 PM

I am curious to know what oils or fats are normally used in your country.

This is my take from Spain, my country of origin:

-Olive and sunflower oil are the commonest fats to cook with. Some people reserve olive oil for salads only, not for frying things.

-Lard and butter is also available at supermarkets, however the majority of the people don??t use it for cooking.

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on March 03, 2014
at 04:37 PM

The polyphenols may be reduced from pressing onwards but you can still most probably benefit from them as long as you get an oil that's still spicy on the back of the throat. I am interested in trying high oleic Sunflower Oil though, nice one for bringing it up!

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on March 03, 2014
at 03:31 PM

Very much looking forward to making my own Ghee. I've only found a few brands in the UK, we got the Indian brands in those tins which seem reasonable, and Pukka which I think you're referring to? I had a jar of the Purity Farms Ghee (no longer available in the UK) in the back of my cupboard for over a year and it is amazing stuff compared Pukka, not as smooth but way more flavor. I think making your own is the best idea though.

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on March 03, 2014
at 02:48 PM

I know which fats/oils are paleo-friendly. I am asking generally, just to know what I am expected to see at supermarkets or restaurants.

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on March 03, 2014
at 12:44 PM

Yeah.. Ghee rocks,... It's £9 a jar for decent stuff, so i make my own from grassfed butter sourced from a local farm. It works out at 1 & 1/2 jars for 4.40.

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on March 03, 2014
at 12:41 PM

Ghee is the best fat out there I reckon, I can see why the Hindus call it liquid gold in their Aryuvedic health system. I just started using it recently & not even coconut oil with its MCT's can compare to the hyper mental energy I get from Ghee.

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on March 02, 2014
at 11:22 PM

That is the BEST way to make an over-easy egg! Slightly brown and lacy at the edges - Totally Yum!!!

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at 08:27 PM

Sorry, i edited my answer before reading this. I'm from Manchester UK, industrial seed oils are deeply rooted here my friend. I don't go out dining very often but my guess is that they use canola oil just like the kebab houses. I'm a personal trainer & i advise clients to cut out veg oils, low fat spreads & stick to animal fats, they look at me like i've escaped from an asylum! It's hard work to say the least.

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Do restaurants cook with those healthy oils as well?.

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on March 03, 2014
at 01:51 PM

Not sure if you're asking generally or for just paleo friendly cooking fats and oils. Paleo wise, in London:

Olive oil, Ghee (clarified butter), Coconut oil, Avocado oil. These are all easy to find in the average supermarket, though for good sources of Ghee you'd have to delve a little deeper.

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on March 03, 2014
at 02:48 PM

I know which fats/oils are paleo-friendly. I am asking generally, just to know what I am expected to see at supermarkets or restaurants.

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on March 02, 2014
at 10:03 PM

Sunflower oil is quite interesting. It can be cold pressed, and it has a large MUFA fraction (the high oleic variety). Not clear which one is best, sunflower or olive. If you care about minimizing PUFA and maximizing vitamin E, sunflower is probably best. If you care about phenols which frankly are strongly reduced within a month of pressing, it is olive. If you care about price, sunflower wins hands down.

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on March 03, 2014
at 04:37 PM

The polyphenols may be reduced from pressing onwards but you can still most probably benefit from them as long as you get an oil that's still spicy on the back of the throat. I am interested in trying high oleic Sunflower Oil though, nice one for bringing it up!

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on March 02, 2014
at 06:13 PM

In Los Angeles here. Cooking with olive oil, coconut oil, and red palm oil. If you can find the last one, definitely give it a try.

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on March 02, 2014
at 08:08 PM

Do restaurants cook with those healthy oils as well?.

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on March 02, 2014
at 05:40 PM

And which country do you live in? And what about restaurants?.

I am curious about the different countries, because I want to know how widespread this industrial oil-insanity is around the globe.

Here in Spanish olive oil is widely used.

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on March 02, 2014
at 08:27 PM

Sorry, i edited my answer before reading this. I'm from Manchester UK, industrial seed oils are deeply rooted here my friend. I don't go out dining very often but my guess is that they use canola oil just like the kebab houses. I'm a personal trainer & i advise clients to cut out veg oils, low fat spreads & stick to animal fats, they look at me like i've escaped from an asylum! It's hard work to say the least.

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on March 02, 2014
at 05:36 PM

Lard, Tallow, olive oil, ghee are readily available & are used in my household, Most other households use veg/seed oil. I live in Manchester, UK by the way.

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on March 03, 2014
at 12:41 PM

Ghee is the best fat out there I reckon, I can see why the Hindus call it liquid gold in their Aryuvedic health system. I just started using it recently & not even coconut oil with its MCT's can compare to the hyper mental energy I get from Ghee.

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on March 02, 2014
at 04:42 PM

I lived in a house with a couple of Spanish girls and they deep-fried their eggs in olive oil every morning. Yum!

Speaking more to the question… in the states, nearly every oil out there is available. Though most folks probably go simply for "vegetable" oil for cooking, peanut oil for frying and maybe olive oil if they're a healthy type.

Now, what are the traditional oils in the US? We don't have coconut or palm. Olives are pretty limited in distribution. The one thing you'd find everywhere would have been animal fats: lard, tallow and butter.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on March 02, 2014
at 11:22 PM

That is the BEST way to make an over-easy egg! Slightly brown and lacy at the edges - Totally Yum!!!

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